A client from Hickman, NE, called Titan Garage Doors Lincoln NE for their routine garage door maintenance. The periodic maintenance check for the client’s garage door revealed an unusual problem—there was a bird’s nest on top of the motor. Our maintenance technician removed the dried grass stuck between the drive pulley and belt that could prevent the door from opening or closing properly. After ensuring everything was functioning correctly, our technician advised the client on how to perform routine garage door opener maintenance to prevent such issues and make their garage door system last longer.
Do you have a belt drive garage door opener? If so, then you are undoubtedly benefiting from its quiet performance. This type is the top-of-the-line among the garage door openers available in the market since they are durable and incredibly quiet. However, your garage door opener must undergo routine maintenance to ensure safe and effective performance. Fortunately, another advantage to belt drive openers is that they are relatively easy to maintain.
Spray lithium lubricant on the moving parts, such as the door arm right where the kicker plate swings, the main pivot, and the hinges.
Belt drive garage door openers come with a pack and a rail grease that goes on the underside of the rail. Once it is lubricated, it will not require maintenance for the next seven years. For LiftMaster belt drive openers, a little lube is applied on the inner and outer trolley steel before clicking them in during the installation. After that, your opener is good to go without greasing for the next seven years.
If the rubber belt on your opener has gotten loose and is drooping, you can tighten it with a pair of pliers. At the end of the rail, look for the part where the belt attaches. Turn the square nut on the very end of it clockwise to tighten the belt back up. Keep twisting the nut until the belt gets relatively firm, but do not make it too tight either. Make sure the belt is straight and no longer hanging but can still move a little bit.
Hold the bottom of the door as it closes to check if the force setting on your opener is working correctly. If it does not reverse immediately, the force is too high, and you will need to adjust it. The process for adjusting the sensitivity is explained in the owner’s manual.
Door balance is essential for both safety and performance. Start with your door closed, and the manual release turned on to check its balance. Next, smoothly open the door. It should stay open 3-4 feet off the ground with little resistance. If not, it is out of balance and requires professional adjustment.
As a responsible homeowner, you must inspect and test your automatic garage door opener monthly. By doing this, you can prevent any possible mishaps or injuries that might happen from the improper operation. Furthermore, it is crucial to prevent kids from messing with the controls on garage door openers because they might not be aware of the risks. You can protect your loved ones from harm by following a few basic steps.
When it comes to garage door openers, no company is more trusted than Titan Garage Doors Lincoln NE. We have been in the business for years, and our belt drive garage door opener selection is the most reliable on the market. With our easy-to-use maintenance program, you can rest assured that your opener will always be in top condition. Our service area includes Lincoln and Omaha, NE, and our team of experts is available 24/7 to help you with opener repairs and emergency repair services. So do not wait any longer; call us today!